Three people who travelled from Co Meath to south Dublin for takeaway burgers are among 29 people who have been fined €100 each for breaching Covid-19 restrictions since the introduction of new enforcement measures on Monday.

Gardaí say the fixed payment notices were issued to people who had travelled more than 5km from their homes without a reasonable excuse.

Current Level 5 health regulations only allow for people to exercise within 5km of their home. 

Three people from Co Meath were fined after they were stopped in Ringsend in Dublin where they said they had travelled 80km for a burger. 

A woman in Middleton, who had been directed to return home, was also fined after gardaí found her a short time later on a beach, as were a couple in Cork city who told gardaí they were visiting an elderly relative but went on to a local amenity.  

Two cyclists from separate households were fined after being stopped near Carrick in Co Galway.

The pair were 19km from home and in another county to their home county.

In north Co Dublin, gardaí observed four people leaving the rear of a gym. On further examination two gym instructors claimed to be working from the gym as they had no internet available at home to conduct online sessions. 

All six were issued with fines.

A man who was stopped while out walking in Waterford city was fined after he said he had been out for food and then to see friends on the other side of the city.

Eight other people have also been issued with fines for offences that took place last week bringing the total to 37. 


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Gardaí also issued over 50 fixed charge notices for illegal and dangerous parking in Co Wicklow last weekend. 

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey has again appealed to people to stay at home to protect frontline workers and only make essential journeys. 

He has stressed however that the travel restrictions do not apply to cases of domestic violence or people in fear or at risk of harm.